Winter is coming. Inflation in the UK is forecast to hit a 50-year high of over 18% in January, while the cost of food, rent, transport and energy is soaring.
At the same time, pay is stagnating across advertising, PR, design, media, production... In fact, entry-level salaries are at the same level they were in the early nineties.
We deserve a pay rise, paid overtime, job security and long-term career development prospects. This will not come about out of the sheer good will of senior management.
The options we face as individuals are either job-shopping or “quiet quitting.” But lasting change can only be brought about through collective action. We are not alone.
That’s why we’re organising as Creative Communications Workers—to help improve working conditions for all and make the industry the best it can be. We believe that all workers in our sector, whether they’re Creatives, Account Managers, or Strategists; Artworkers, Designers or Editors; or Caterers, Security Staff, or Cleaners, deserve better.
We are organising as members of the United Voices of the World Union.
Right now, it’s very early stages, but tiny acorns; mighty oaks.
We hope you’ll join us on the path to becoming mighty.
If you’re not quite ready to join yet but would still like to be in the loop, fill out your details and we’ll keep you updated. You can also get in touch with us on Twitter.
What you can expect from the Creative Communications Workers:
We’re listening closely to what you think, and what’s important to you. All UVW-CCW members are invited to our monthly meetings and our Discord server where we have on-going discussions and hold votes.
We’re starting as we mean to go on: completely transparent in everything we do. That means in our leadership, partnerships, campaigns, representation and finances. We’ll publish annual reports on CCW operations, and if we make a mistake, we’ll own it.
No one ever starts a union to make money. We’re starting this because we see a need for it. We are not-for-profit, and we’ll work purely to better the working conditions in our industry, and to protect our members. That’s the bottom line.
Money, money, money. We’ll still need it to operate, and it will come from membership subscriptions, personal donations and our enthusiastic fundraising activities. Every penny will go into the union, and you’ll be able to see it in our published accounts.
If you work in creative communications in the UK, we’re for you—regardless of your role, background, or location. We want our leadership and membership to reflect our diverse workforce, and we’ll be working against unfair discrimination in all forms.
Let’s set our stall out. There are deep-seated problems faced by many of us in the industry—sometimes woven right through the fabric of our working culture. These issues need to be challenged head-on, and that’s what we plan to do.
Sometimes the most important issue for a person is the one right in front of them. All members can access free legal advice, support, workplace representation and training through UVW.
We don’t see this as an ‘us and them’ situation. We want to work together with employers, agencies, and industry bodies to make professional life better for us all, whether that’s through open dialogue, collaboration, workshops, partnerships, or other positive approaches.
If you’re not quite ready to join yet but would still like to be in the loop. Fill out your details and we’ll keep you updated.